PITTOSPORUM crassifolium

Commonly known as Karo, Parchment bark

A very hardy variety which is excellent in coastal conditions with thick leathery leaves and deep purple flowers
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Leaves dark-green above, white or buff-felted beneath, 5-7cm (2-3in) long.
  • Brown or black
  • Purple
    Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
    Deep purple
  • Height
    5-10m (16-33ft)
  • Spread
    2-5m (6½-16ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Or small tree with ascending stems. Flowers in terminal clusters, males in clusters of up to 10, females in clusters of 5, followed by almost spherical seed capsules to 1.5cm (¾in) across
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

PITTOSPORUM crassifolium

 
Available late spring to early summer 2024 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
£17.00 each 
MULTIBUY SAVING

Any 3+ £15.00 each
Delivery Information Available late spring to early summer 2024

 

  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases
    Leaf spot, powdery mildew.
    Place of origin
    New Zealand (North Island)
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Bell/Lantern
    Tubular-bell-shaped to 1cm (½in) across
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Border
    Suitable for a large shrub border
    Coastal / windswept
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
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5-10m (16-33ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2-5m (6½-16ft)
 

Buy Varieties of PITTOSPORUM crassifolium

PITTOSPORUM crassifolium 'Variegatum'

PITTOSPORUM crassifolium 'Variegatum'

Karo

grey-green leaves variegated creamy-white on the edges

 
£20.00 each 
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